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China Camp State Park

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Address: N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: +1 415-456-0766
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park...

Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.

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Unusual Historical State Park

Very old Chinese shrimping village. Interesting old processing buildings, one of which houses the museum. A couple of ancient cottages which are still occupied. Long pier. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Judith S
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San Anselmo, California
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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They didn't bother to pay the utility bill so no hot showers. We learned why there were no showers both from the camp hosts and from a notice they posted on the shower doors after we complained, "Showers closed because no propane". This is my first hand experience as a camper who needed a shower after being on the road... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very old Chinese shrimping village. Interesting old processing buildings, one of which houses the museum. A couple of ancient cottages which are still occupied. Long pier. I have done several paintings there. So peaceful and pretty on the Bay. Lots of parking, picnic tables.

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Thank Judith S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small historic park telling the story of the Chinese shrimping the San Francisco Bay. Pebble beach, old buildings, boats and dock. Great picnic area with views of the water and surrounding hills. Nice day stop for sketching or photography. Saw a few fishermen. Restrooms, paved parking, Fee for parking $5.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admittedly know very little about the history behind the name of this place, shameful as it's in my very back yard, so I'm sure I'll bone up on the history. Still, that's never stopped me from venturing here from the city to mountain bike along the bay as well as explore some of the more challenging single track trails... More 

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Thank David S
San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

All the views and walks along the bay front are scenic and nice. Nice bit of history there at China Camp itself. The interior hiking trials can be very hot in summer.

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Thank Timothy T
Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

With possibly the best beach on the bay, and hiking riding trails this is a spot that attracts folks from Terra Linda and San Rafael.

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Thank Norma W
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This hidden gem is just a few minutes drive from downtown San Rafael. Easy parking access and in just a few minutes you can have your deck chair unfolded and be gazing and the sparkling water of the San Francisco Bay. There are historic exhibits to peruse but it is also pleasant to soak up the sun and bring a... More 

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San Rafael, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

China camp beach is interesting. I think it has a snack shack which was never open when I went and I think an old Chinese boat. Overall, it is just a slightly interesting beach. The sand is a little rocky and the water is muddy bay water. However, it is a nice local spot to take a small child as... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

15 minute car ride from hotel. Diverting for an hour or so. Lots of hiking and biking trails. Farther into park is the remains of an early 20th Cinese fishing village, with shacks and a tiny museum. Not that interesting for kids. Located right on the bay's edge. A decent bathroom and some picnic tables. No concessions. Nothing special for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

China Camp is a beautiful area to visit if you're looking for a quieter beach experience. Keep in mind, of course, that this is the Bay Area where -even on a sunny day - the water is not warm! In addition to the few visitors, this is a historical site with a small museum that tells the story of the... More 

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